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Odisha: Acts for tribal empowerment must be implemented in true spirit  

Friday October 12, 2012

TRIBAL EMPOWERMENT, PESA ACT, ODISHA, SCHEDULE V, INDIAN CONSTITUTION  
 

"Necessity of true implementation of PESA Act was highlighted by Dr B D Sharma, one of the Maoist nominated interlocutors in the in the Italian citizen abduction case, as one of the most effective tool to minimise conflict in the scheduled areas of Odisha. But the Odisha government is yet to take any major step in this regard. However, claiming till last year to be the best and first in implementing norms of PESA Act in the State on pleas that Orissa Gram Panchayat Act (1964), Orissa Panchayat Samiti Act (1959) and Orissa Zilla Parishad Act (1991) have adopted the provisions of the PESA Act., Odisha government has only come up early this year with a statement to formulate rules in accordance with the PESA Act.”

 

Sujata Mahapatra

 
 

In the two-day workshop titled ‘Good governance and empowerment’ in scheduled areas, started on October 11, 2012 in Bhubaneswar’s Redcross Bhawan, the unanimous opinion came that Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas (PESA) Act of 1996 must be implemented in its true spirit to empower the tribals and ensure development in the scheduled areas.

Organised by development organisations like FAAR and Agragamee in support from Oxfam India and Christian Aid, the programme discussed on the status of tribal communities, their chronic poverty and development possibilities with implementation of specific Acts and Programmes like the PESA Act, Forest Right Act, MGNREGA etc.

 

Participating in the programme as a panellist, tribal leaders and legislators like Karendra Majhi, Dr Prafulla Majhi, Ramesh Chandra Hansdah and Saraswati Hembram highlighted the plights of the tribal communities and the responsibility of administrative apathy and lack of good governance in it. ‘The administration or the government is not at all serious to implement various Acts meant to empower the tribal communities of Odisha and take them on the roads of all-round development,’ said Dr Prafulla Majhi, MLA from Talasara of Sundergarh.

Two major issues like liquor prohibition and land alienation in the Scheduled V Areas were discussed in the workshop where both the panellists and the participants from almost all parts of Odisha were unanimous on the need of effective implementation of PESA Act.

It’s to be noted that the necessity of true implementation of PESA Act was highlighted by Dr B D Sharma, one of the Maoist nominated interlocutors in the in the Italian citizen abduction case, as one of the most effective tool to minimise conflict in the scheduled areas of Odisha. But the Odisha government is yet to take any major step in this regard. However, claiming till last year to be the best and first in implementing norms of PESA Act in the State on pleas that Orissa Gram Panchayat Act (1964), Orissa Panchayat Samiti Act (1959) and Orissa Zilla Parishad Act (1991) have adopted the provisions of the PESA Act., Odisha government has only come up early this year with a statement to formulate rules in accordance with the PESA Act.

‘In order to properly empower the tribal communities of Odisha, the Scheduled VI of Indian Constitution must be extended in the Scheduled V Areas of the State,’ said Karendra Majhi, MLA from Baliguda of Kandhamal district who also participated in the workshop as a panellist.

While presiding over the second session of the workshop that discussed PESA Act, Tribal Sub-Plan and Forest Rights Act, Prof Digambar Satpathy opined that public participation should be ensured in all programmes through widespread awareness campaigns at all levels.

The third session of the workshop chaired by veteran journalist Ramahari Mishra discussed the role of media in reporting the issues of the tribal communities most of which lack media attention. ‘While mainstream media must be pressurised to give equal importance to the governance and welfare issues on the scheduled areas, the option of alternate media platforms must also be explored,’ said Ramahari Mishra.

‘Negligence to the issues of the tribal communities has resulted in conflict in most of the scheduled areas. This demands the media to play its role to ensure proper implementation of Acts and programmes and resolving conflict in the scheduled areas’, said Vivekanand Dash, Editor of Odia fortnightly newspaper Janatantra.

Talking about reporting of issues relating to PESA and other Acts meant to empower the tribal communities, Journalist and Documentary filmmaker Basudev Mahapatra said, ‘journalists working in the field need to be sensitised regularly about the Acts and constitutional provisions for empowerment of tribal communities and protection of their rights.’

[Author is the Odisha State Representative (News) of India TV with active interest in Social and Development Activism.]

 
 

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